president Hosni Mubarak's son who is considered as his successor
has fled to Britain along with his family, US-based Arabic website
Akhbar al-Arab reported.
The plane with Gamal Mubarak, his wife and daughter on board left
for London Tuesday from an airport in western Cairo, the website
The report came as violent unrest broke out in Cairo and other
Egyptian cities and hundreds of thousands of people reportedly
took to the streets in a Tunisia-inspired day of revolt.
The protesters want Egyptian government to end its 30-year state
of emergency and pass a law preventing a president from serving
more than two terms, and want the interior minister Habib al-Adly,
Protests in Egypt broke out after opposition groups waged an
internet campaign inspired by the Tunisian uprising. Weeks of
unrest in Tunisia eventually toppled president Zine al-Abidine Ben
Ali earlier this month.
A police officer was killed in clashes Tuesday in central Cairo,
Egyptian daily al-Wafd reported.
Over 30,000 protesters gathered in Cairo's Maidan al-Tahrir square
to take part in the "day of anger", the spokesman for Egypt's '6
April' opposition movement, Mohammed Adel, said.
"Police used tear gas and water canon to break up our protest and
they arrested 40 of us, but we don't have official figures on the
numbers of arrests across Egypt," said Adel.
Supporters of the '6 April' movement, the opposition al-Ghad
party, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the al-Wafd party and
supporters of former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohammed El Baradei
took part in the protest.
Al-Wafd daily said police arrested 600 people during Tuesday's
protests in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Tantan, al-Mahala, Asiut,
al-Bahira and al-Quium. More than 200,000 people took part in
protests in these cities.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Tuesday Washington
believed the Egyptian government was stable and urged restraint on